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10STATE4792 2010-01-16 20:28:00 UNCLASSIFIED Secretary of State
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TRAVEL ALERT: MALAYSIA

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SUBJECT: TRAVEL ALERT: MALAYSIA



1. The State Department alerts U.S. citizens of the
risks of travel to eastern Sabah, in Malaysia, due to
threat of violence against foreigners, and urges extreme
caution if traveling there. This Travel Alert expires on
April 15, 2010.



2. U.S citizens should consider the risks associated
with travel to eastern Sabah in Malaysia due to the
threat from both terrorist and criminal groups. There
are indications that both criminal and terrorist groups
are planning or intend acts of violence against
foreigners in eastern Sabah, notwithstanding the
Government of Malaysia's increased ability to detect,
deter and prevent such attacks. The Abu Sayyaf Group,
based in the southern Philippines, has kidnapped
foreigners in eastern Sabah in the past. Criminal
elements are also responsible for kidnapping and piracy
committed against foreigners. Of present concern are the
resorts (and transportation to and from them) located in
isolated areas of eastern Sabah, including Semporna and
the islands of Mabul and Sipadan. Please avoid or use
extreme caution in connection with any travel in these
areas or locations.



3. The Department of State remains concerned about the
continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence
against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the
world. The Worldwide Caution, at
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/p a_1161.html,
reminds U.S. citizens that terrorism can occur anywhere.



4. The Department strongly encourages U.S. citizens in
Malaysia to register with the Consular Section of the
U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur through the State
Department's travel registration website,
https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/ , in order
to obtain updated information on travel and security. By
registering, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy
to contact them in the case of emergency. The U.S.
Embassy is located at: 376 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia, tel. 03-2168-5000. The American
Citizens Services (ACS) section's fax number is 03-2148-


5801.



5. For the latest security information, U.S. citizens
traveling abroad should regularly monitor the
Department's internet website at http://travel.state.gov/
where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, and
Travel Warnings can be found. U.S. citizens may also
obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by
calling 1-888-407-4747 from the United States and Canada,
or 202-501-4444 from overseas. The Department also
encourages U.S. citizens to read the Country Specific
Information for Malaysia, which is available on the
Embassy's website at http://www.usembassy.gov/ and also
on the Department's travel website at
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/ cis_960.html .
CLINTON